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San Diego Cardiovascular Training

cardiovascular trainingCardiovascular (CV) training literally means training to the extent that one's goal is to improve or promote an increase in the cardiovascular (heart and vascular system) systems adaptability to stress as well as improve pulmonary function. To effectively accomplish this, one must go beyond aerobic training and extend their activity into the anaerobic area. This is usually done via fast-walking, jogging, running, cross-training or other desired activity that increases the heart rate above the aerobic threshold.

This is important as good CV function reduces one's risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, heart attack, aneurysms and other diseases that are linked to lifestyle choices. One should be "out-of-breath" for this area of fitness.

 

From a body-composition standpoint, good cardiovascular function promotes increased blood flow to the muscles, allows for maximal fat-oxidation when in aerobic situations (such as when at work at a desk) and has been linked to decreased states of depression allowing for an improved self-image!

Finally, muscular training involves utilizing certain skeletal muscles through contraction and extension to promote a desired muscle tone or increase in size of the given muscle. This area can get very complex and detailed.

Do cardiovascular training 2-3 times per week after adequate carbohydrate consumption and after allowance for food digestion (adequate carbohydrate is generally 50-60 grams for most women and around 100 grams for most men).